I'm Kristen and I'm living in Crawley, Sussex (hoping to return to my beloved Brighton 'n' Hove when my ME/CFS allows). I drink a lot of tea, ride a lot of buses, go in a lot of charity shops, draw, sew and knit (and attempt to crochet), take a lot of photos, spend a lot of time sleeping, read a lot of history books and follow Jesus Christ. <3
Email: busstopgirl (at) googlemail (dot) com
I love our new shower curtain - props to The Blonde for spotting it in the Argos catalogue. We've already learned a lot about global geography - and realised how ignorant we are... I had to look up Myanmar as I'd never heard of it - hadn't a clue it was another name for Burma, to my shame.
"Take a look at London as you have never seen it before. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition brings to life London’s lost lanes and landmarks, parks and palaces, riots and railways, towers and temptations.
Maps, views, letters, and ephemera from the British Library collections, show the city’s transformation from a Roman outpost to the huge, heaving metropolis of today - and look to the Olympic and post-Olympic future.
In a series of magnificent maps and panoramas, London’s growth spreads before you through disease and fire, property booms and commercial expansion, war and comprehensive redevelopment. At the same time lesser-known images will enable you to see why and how these changes happened, and to catch a glimpse of Londoners’ lives and values, hopes and fears, preoccupations and aspirations through the ages.
Discover the ‘lost’ London’s you never knew - the great estates and the workhouses, the palaces and prisons, the grand churches and vast dockyards, the ancient villages and vanishing fields."
And into the sea goes pretty England and me Around the Bay of Biscay and back for tea Hit traffic on the Dogger bank Up the Thames to find a taxi rank Sail on by with the tide and go asleep And the radio says
This is a low But it won't hurt you When you're alone it will be there with you Finding ways to stay solo
On the Tyne, Forth and Cromarty There's a low in the high Forties Saturday's locked away on the pier Not fast enough dear And on the Malin head Blackpool looks blue and red And the Queen, she's gone round the bend Jumped off Land's End...
This Is A Low, Blur
It dawned on me the other day that I haven't posted in weeks. Why? Because I couldn't be bothered. I can't bothered with a lot of things lately. I have an unwelcome guest, who hasn't been around for a few years but is back and sapping my energy, appetites and motivation, making me withdrawn and unproductive. Thanks, Depression - how long were you planning on staying?
This Is A Low is one of those atmospheric, ambiguous songs you can project your own feelings on. It's perfect when I need something which has substance but doesn't require much effort on my part for it to minister to me. It soothes me in my melancholic moments - as does listening to the Shipping Forecast on Radio 4 - poetry, both of them.
Since I've spent a considerable amount of lady hours recently entering event listings for The Big Draw on the website at work, I thought it was about time I gave it a mention here (and it's a good excuse to put up another lovely Quentin Blake drawing).
When was the last time you drew something? Pick up a pencil, a biro, an eyeliner, a piece of chalk, a marker pen - anything you can make a mark with - and go for it! Draw something in front of you, or something from memory or imagination. Quentin's book Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered is a great place to start if you're nervous.
I also wanted to mention a section on the British Library's site devoted to contemporary children's book illustration: Magic Pencil. Mum's favourite Raymond Briggs is there, as is Tony Ross, who illustrated I Want My Potty (a classic). Sadly, no mention of the wonderful Janet Ahlberg, as she's no longer with us - but I still treasure my copies of Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman, and still wish I could draw as she did.